Posted by seshdotcom on March 9, 2009
Hey I just thought I could write about this Guy—>Supposed to be the best Wicket Keeper batsman that England has ever Produced.Alec James Stewart’s Blood is not new to Cricket the Cricket Gene was in his Blood when he was born–>(He is the son of Former English test Cricketer Micky Stewart.)Notable thing is both Father and Son were Good Opening batsmen. But that epic Gloves of the England Wicket keeping did not come to him immediately he was playing in the team just as an Opening Player since the exeprienced Jack Russel was keeping the Vigil over the Batsman behind the timber,but as years passed by Jack Russel decided to Pin up his Gloves (this happend around the year 1998) and that made Stewart as the unchallenged/unquestioned Wicket Keeper of the English Cricket team.But Stewart has also worn the wicket keeping gloves during some of the Matches where Russel was rested.(So it doesn’t mean that he first had his Glovework with the Quilt only on 1998)
When did Stewart Unviel himself to the Globe:
Stewart had a very Good Start to his career and he impressed the selectors and they had good faith on him.But on 4th June the stage was set for Stewart to Perform and it happened against the Mighty Pakistani Attack which included the W’s and Waquar Stewart scored 190 in this test at Edbgaston but it resulted in a draw.(This was stewart’s Highest Individual score in tests).Alec Stewart from his very young age had Leadership Qualities and he was appointed as the Vice Captain of the English side when Graham Gooch was leading the side.After sometime(i.e after Artherton era) the Captaincy was Handed to Alec Stewart and he led the English side during the 1999 World Cup and due to his Captaincy records Alecs’ captaincy was rifled and it fell in the Hands of Nasser Hussain.He has a Unique record he is the Only batsman to have his average<40.00 with 8000 or more runs scored in Tests.
I can still remember the breathtaking knock he played against the South Africans in Old Trafford and the SuperSonic innings he played against the West Indies during the England tour of West Indies in late 1994.(I think he scored some 140 odd runs I don’t exactly remember).
On the Whole stewart was considered as a Powerpack in the English Side in both ODI’s and Tests—>He really is a rare pearl in the Ocean called Cricket.
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Posted by seshdotcom on July 10, 2008
There are many players in the International Cricket who can time the ball,Hit through the line,Come down the Track,Play elegantly.But when it comes to Off-side there is no one to Superimpose Saurav Ganguly->The Prince of Calcutta(Boycott style).The Prince of Calcutta made his Test Debut against England at “The Grandiloquent LORD’S” the English Batsman batted first and Scored a Mammoth 344 and in that innings it all Happened that Nasser Hussain became Ganguly’s first Test Victim and then Jack Russel(The wicketkeeper during that time) of England Played a Brilliant and superlative Knock to make England reach that Score of 344..Then Came the Men in Blue in White Uniforms->It was a early setback for the Indians when Rathour went cheaply of Cork’s Bowling and this Brought the Legend to the Crease remember this was his Debut and he was Confident and Strong at the Crease like a Sergeant in the Beat House and he was Comfortable with Mullaly and Cork ->The Wicket Machines Of England during that era..And He Drove the Ball with ease through the Off-Side and Timed the Ball well Straight down the Ground and was never looking tensile ..And then one of the Closest Friend and his Team mate Rahul Dravid Joined him and they Both had an 100 Partnership in which Ganguly’s heroics were exposed and after some years Rahul Dravid told in one of the Interviews “On the off-side, first there is God, then there is Ganguly“..Who can forget his Timely Knock at the Dhaka in the Finals against Pakistan (The Hrishikesh Kanitkar’s Last Ball Boundary) and his Innings Against Sri Lanka at Taunton which made him the First Indian to cross 180+ Score in World Cup Matches/International ODI..And his captaincy though has got some Issues/Controversies like Suspension for 4-5 Matches his field setting->TO Trap the Gr8s of the Game during the India vs Australia Test Series and the Rotation of Bowlers certainly reflected the Period of Indian Cricket Team’s Golden Era where India managed to Draw a Test Series Against Australia in those Mighty Peoples Den(Australia)..And winning a Test Series against Australia in 2001-2002(The Turbanator demolition)..And there are also many Notable achievements in his Captaincy and he is one of the few who can be described to be “More than a Good Batsman”..Affectionately called the DADA-The man of rampage…And due to some of the factors like his fielding etc.,he was dropped from the Indian Side but now you can very well see what is the Indian teams condition and the fact how the Men in Blue looks wispy without DADA in Blue.
THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO MR.SAURAV CHANDIDAS GANGULY WHO CELEBRATED HIS BIRTHDAY 2 DAYS AGO
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